- Political leaders of Ikot Ekpene senatorial district in Akwa Ibom state have affirmed their support for Governor Udom Emmanuel's second term bid
- The chairman of the senatorial district, Cletus Eshiet, said the governor is an epitome of integrity
- Governor Udom, while responding, thanked the team for their support saying to whom much is given, much is expected
Political leaders of Ikot Ekpene senatorial district in Akwa Ibom state on Wednesday, August 15, visited Governor Udom Emmanuel to reaffirm their support for him; saying the governor is an epitome of integrity.
Vanguard reports that the political leaders' visit coincided with that of thousand of women, drawn from across the 31 local government areas of the state which besieged the premises of the Government House Banquet Hall.
The chairman of the senatorial district, Cletus Eshiet, told the governor, “We are here this morning to have a chat with you, not just as our governor but also our leader and to reassure you that Ikot Ekpene senatorial district is intact.
“We want to reassure you of our earlier commitment to stand with you; to ressure you that as far as Ikot Ekpene senatorial district is concerned, there is no shaking.”
Also speaking, the national legal adviser of the PDP, Emmanuel Enoidem, told Governor Emmanuel, “We have come not just to greet you as our in-law, but to reassure you that we in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District stand solidly behind you and that come 2019, we will return you as the Governor our great state.
“If you check, you will see that the founders, the operators, the managers and all the people who make things happen in the party (PDP) are all here with us; meaning you have nothing to fear.
“Because you have come to Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District to choose the deputy governor, we have decided to throw our weight behind you.”
On his part, the former deputy governor of the state and another party stalwart from the zone, Obong, Chris Ekpenyong said he had to rush out from an earlier engagement to join the train, just to demonstrate one point to the governor, “We stand with you. No Shaking. Nothing spoil.”
Ekpenyong further told the governor, “Don’t be afraid, the storm will be over very, very soon. Come 2019, we will win the election and win it decisively.”
The state chairman of PDP who also spoke at the occasion said ”I can see the generals and the confidence they displayed and I know it’s PDP and PDP and PDP.”
Governor Emmanuel, while responding, thanked the team for their visit and assurances, saying “to whom much is given, much is expected as such I will reciprocate this gesture and overwhelming show of love and support.”
The issue in contention, Emmanuel said, ”It is not all about Udom Emmanuel, but about our state, our future, the generations yet unborn. on my part, I’ll continue to do what I know to be right for the people. I cannot betray my people.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that thousands of women took to the streets in a solidarity march to support Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state.
The women took to the streets days after former governor of the state Godswill Akpabio defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.
Akpabio's defection was celebrated by the APC as the party's chairman Oshiomhole, national leader of the party Asiwaju hmed Tinubu and other top politicians were in Akwa Ibom to welcome the former governor to the ruling party.
Emmanuel who was the anointed candidate of Akapbio in 2014 governorship election is expected to contest in 2019 on the platform of the PDP.
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